Robert Turner

September 04, 2002
Robert Turner

Robert Turner, 86, died Tuesday, September 3, 2002, at Baptist Medical Center. Visitation is
4-6 p.m. today at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial in Green Acres Memorial Park.

Mr. Turner was the son of Everett and Montrose Turner and brother of John Everett Turner and Ennis Turner, all of whom preceded him in death.

Survivors include: wife, the former Ruth Hall Turner of Lexington and Mrs. Luis (Martha Ann) Diaz and son-in-law, Luis Diaz of Madison County; sister, Mrs. Leonard (Wardine) Elmore of Bartlett, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Turner graduated from Kosciusko High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College. He served as band director at Forest Hill High School. He later obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Mississippi and was employed by the District Army Corp. of Engineers in Vicksburg. After serving in the Army during World War II on Guam in the South Pacific, he returned to Vicksburg where he was employed until retirement by the Army Corp. of Engineers at the Waterways Experiment Station. He held the rank of major in the 412th Army Reserve in Vicksburg.

Mr. Turner served as steward at Crawford Street Methodist Church and was a founding member of First Methodist Protestant Church in Vicksburg. He served as elder in Kosciusko Presbyterian Church PCA and Westminster Presbyterian Church PCA in Vicksburg. He was currently a member of Providence Presbyterian Church PCA in Clinton.

Upon retirement, his interest in real estate lead to his development of the residential subdivisions of Colonial Drive and Heritage Place in Vicksburg. He also served on the board of directors for and assisted in the management of Whitworth College in Brookhaven.

His wife, Ruth Turner, speaking lovingly of her husband, stated that he lived a life of faith in God, loved his family deeply and had a warm attachment to friends. He had a tender heart and appreciated all of God's creation. He read God's Holy Word with his wife daily and consistently prayed for family and friends while rejoicing in God's blessings through Jesus Christ. August 31, 2002, was their 62nd anniversary.

Pallbearers are William E. "Butch" Wilson, Robert "Bob" LaBarre, James "Jim" Williams, Clyde Donnell, Robert Walker, Dr. Peter Boelens, Jim Harrison, Hugh Smith and William Gregory "Greg" Elmore. Honorary pallbearers are John Anderson, Walter L. Miller, Paul Register, Mark Monroe, Sam Buchanan, Alan Formby, Oliver Anderson, John Burris, David Herring, Rod McDonald, John Turberville and Gene Russ.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy or to the donor's church or favorite charity.

Robert Turner was raised in Kosciusko, MS and both of his parents mentioned in his obituary are buried in the Kosciusko City Cemetery. His paternal grandparents were Clinton A. and Eliza Jane Bennett Turner of Attala co. His paternal great-grandparents were James C. and Nancy Clowers Turner of Pike Co. GA. and Cooper and Mary Amanda Webb Bennett of Attala Co.


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